By Hunter Miller and Paula Diaz, Features Editors

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s not only important to be grateful for those around us, but to show them that gratitude. Too often, people in our lives don’t know how much they are loved. Here are a couple of things you can do this week to show those special individuals in your life how thankful you are for them.

1. Write your best friends a letter to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life we tend to forget those who support us during the most stressful of times. Take a second to write them something short to thank them for all they’ve done for you and send it to them. It’ll come as a surprise and even give them encouragement when they need it most!

2. Take a study break to call or Skype a friend who has always been there for you, no matter the distance.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything you have to get done before break, but don’t forget about your friends who are feeling the same way. Take time to really ask them how they are doing and listen for a while. Laugh the stress away and your positive attitude will help others to do the same!

3. Get a Pay It Forward from the Hiccup for someone you know who is having a bad day.

Everyone loves warm and free drinks, especially on days that are rougher than most. Put a smile on your friend’s face with a warm reminder that everything is going to be okay. It’ll be a great way for them to have a small distraction from all the stress and allow them to refuel before going back to reality.

4. Put your phone away and be completely present.

Having a heartfelt conversation with your friends can immediately feel superficial if you keep checking your phone while talking. Make an effort to show your friends that you are invested in them and that you truly want to be with them. Making time for someone shows that you care. This will mean more to them than you know.

5. Do a favor for a friend just because.

Acts of service is a love language for many people. Do something for your friend that you know he or she doesn’t have time for, or doesn’t like doing. Make dinner, clean the dishes, bring back Starbucks, or all of the above! Don’t do it to get anything back, but simply because you want to bless your friend.